October 27, 2009
Stunning Numbers is an occasional look at stats and figures from around the NHL.
Anze Kopitar(notes) and Marian Gaborik(notes) are leading the NHL in goals right now with 10 apiece. Just as important: Who isn't in the mix for the League lead after being in the Top 10 last season ...
The number of goal scorers from last season's Top 10 who are currently in the Top 10 for this season: Alex Ovechkin(notes), Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) and Dany Heatley(notes). Among the M.I.A. snipers: Jeff Carter(notes) (4 goals in nine games), Rick Nash(notes) (6 goals in 10 games), the injured Marian Hossa(notes) and Thomas Vanek(notes), and Eric Staal(notes), who continues his early season struggle with 3 goals and 1 assist in 10 games.
The number of assists for Ryan Malone(notes) of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Stunning in the sense that the guy has seven points on the season -- all of them goals. Bugsy's never exactly been Adam Oates in the helper department, but the ratio between goals and assists has been a tad closer than it is this season.
The number of goals for Lightning sophomore Steven Stamkos(notes), to tie Malone for the team lead. The linemates have propelled the Bolts' offense while Vincent Lecavalier(notes) has started slowly and Alex Tanguay(notes) (0-2-2, minus-3) has become one of the most prominent busts early this season. For all the grief we've given Stamkos here, three cheers for him becoming the pro many felt he could become.
The average attendance for the Phoenix Coyotes (via ESPN's imperfect count) in five home games, despite the 17,532 padded gate for the bargain basement home opener. Does that change with the ownership situation settling and the team playing well?
The average attendance for the New York Islanders in five home games, after finishing last in the NHL in reported average draws (13,773) last season. They averaged 13,349 in their first five home games last season. Lighthouse Effect > John Tavares(notes) Effect?
The number of times the Anaheim Ducks have been shorthanded in 10 games this season, third in the League behind the New York Rangers (59 in 12 games) and the Carolina Hurricanes (58 in 10 games). The difference between the three teams? The Rangers have drawn 51 power plays; the Hurricanes have drawn 45; but the Ducks have a paltry 34 man advantages, which is third fewest in the NHL. So the answer is no: The undisciplined and embarrassing display against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night wasn't an aberration.
The number of penalties Mason Raymond(notes) of the Vancouver Canucks has drawn in 11 games, via Behind the Net. That leads the NHL, and is especially impressive when you consider he's only taken one penalty in that span.
The goals-against average (with an .816 save percentage) for Ilya Bryzgalov(notes) of the Phoenix Coyotes in his three losses this season, compared with a 1.30 GAA and a .949 save percentage in his six victories. Talk about feast or famine.
The number of shootout attempts faced by Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson(notes) this season, allowing six shootout goals (.600 save percentage). He's 1-2 in shootouts; all 15 attempts came in road games.
The winning percentage for Paul Gaustad(notes) of the Buffalo Sabres in 120 faceoffs, leading the NHL for players with 100 attempts or more. That includes 14 wins and 4 losses in shorthanded faceoff attempts.
The shooting percentage for Brent Burns(notes) of the Minnesota Wild, which is last in the NHL for players with at least one goal. He has one tally this season against 34 shots on goal. Leading the NHL? Michal Handzus(notes) of the Los Angeles Kings, with 5 goals on 14 shots for a 35.7 shooting percentage. Zeus!
The number of games this season in which the Chicago Blackhawks have been outshot. They lead the League in shots on goal (376), right ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins (373) and Alexander Ovechkin (3...just kidding).